Meet the Faculty and Staff

Melissa“The faculty’s combination of real-world experience with great teaching techniques forces the class to think through a problem from start to finish. Never before have I been so motivated to learn.”

Melissa Polverini Townshend, AMP ’04
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World Class Faculty

All courses in the Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering are taught by outstanding faculty from the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Darden Graduate School of Business, the same faculty who teach in UVa’s full-time residential graduate programs. Professors in the Accelerated Master’s Program are experts at clearly synthesizing information and engaging students in learning. AMP faculty are active in leading-edge research and bring these new ideas into the classroom. Learn more about our outstanding faculty members by following the links below and watching short interviews on the AMP Videos page.

Peter A. Beling
Interim Chair, Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Professor of Systems Engineering
pb3a@virginia.edu
Applied Optimization, Financial Engineering

Donald E. Brown
W. S. Calcott Professor of Systems Engineering
deb@virginia.edu
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Gregory J. Gerling
Associate Professor of Systems Engineering
gg7h@virginia.edu
Applied Human Factors Engineering

Stephen D. Patek
Professor of Systems Engineering
patek@virginia.edu
Applied Probabilistic Modeling

William T. Scherer
Professor of Systems Engineering
Founder of the Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering
wts@virginia.edu
Introduction to Systems Engineering, Financial Engineering

After many years team teaching with Prof. Yacov Haimes, Dr. Kenneth Crowther now takes the lead in teaching SYS 6050 Risk Analysis. Additional Systems Engineering faculty who present seminars or teach in the elective track include Laura Barnes, machine learning, Hyojung Kang, agent-based modeling, Reid Bailey, team dynamics, James Lark, financial systems, Garrick Louis, sustainable systems and public policy, and Mike Smith, multiple topics.

Robert M. Conroy
J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Professor of Business Administration
conroyr@darden.virginia.edu
Coordinator for Selected Topics in Systems Engineering – Management in Engineering, Corporate Finance

Additional Darden faculty members who often teach in the Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering elective track or present seminars include Gregory Fairchild, entrepreneurship, Alexander Horniman, ethics, Marc Modica, bargaining and negotiating, and Tom Steenburgh, marketing.

Staff Who Go The Extra Mile

The Accelerated Master’s Program is built around the idea that learning takes place best in a conducive environment that is free from distractions. AMP staff are committed to providing an optimal learning experience by planning for smooth logistics, communicating frequently, and relieving students of as many non-academic issues as possible. We work with our colleagues to handle course registration, facilitate student interactions with UVa student financial services, deliver your books and software to you, and even order your caps and gowns for Final Exercises. Program staff assist students through the entire application and enrollment process and throughout the AMP year to make sure you are ready to go when classes begin and on a path to successful completion of the Program. Our support and connection continue after you earn your degree as we keep you informed about alumni networking events and outstanding professional opportunities.

Elizabeth D. Harrison
AMP Program Manager
beth.harrison@virginia.edu

Thomas S. Brett
AMP Veterans Coordinator
tsb5y@virginia.edu

Great Graduate Teaching Assistants

In addition to outstanding full-time faculty members who provide primary instruction on AMP courses, students have access to Graduate Teaching Assistants who do much more than grade papers. AMP GTAs, who are advanced Master’s students or Ph.D. candidates, are an integral part of the academic program. They hold weekly online and in-person study sessions that AMP students attend to get additional insight into material covered in the classroom, to get help with individual and group assignments, and to obtain feedback on work they have submitted for grading. AMP GTAs attend all AMP classes so they hear what students hear and are available to respond to questions during breakout sessions and during breaks. AMP GTAs appreciate the opportunity to interact with working professionals and find that they learn from AMP students while they help AMP students learn.

Ben Carroll
GTA for Introduction to Systems Engineering
rbc6zf@virginia.edu

Jack Corbett
GTA for Applied Probabilistic Modeling and Systems Integration
jpc5s@virginia.edu

Cheng Wang
GTA for Applied Optimization
cw8xk@virginia.edu

Steven Hauser
GTA for Applied Human Factors Engineering
sch7zc@virginia.edu

Xiyuan Ge
xg7yd@virginia.edu
GTA for Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Valerie Michel
GTA for Selected Topics in Systems Engineering and Case Studies in Systems Engineering, Program TA
vjm2t@virginia.edu

Ash Bashiri
GTA for Selected Topics in Systems Engineering: Data Science
mb4bw@virginia.edu

Neda Nazemi
GTA for Risk Analysis
nn2tf@virginia.edu